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The personal memoir of a manic depressive and an authority on the subject describes the onset of the illness during her teenage years and her determined journey through the realm of available treatments.
Paperback, 223 pages
Published October 1996 by Vintage (first published September 18th 1995)
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toothpaste This is my case at least, BP II here. I've been wanting to read some more on other peoples experience's with mental illness. Nice to be able to relate…moreThis is my case at least, BP II here. I've been wanting to read some more on other peoples experience's with mental illness. Nice to be able to relate to others who have similar illnesses. Haven't read this specific book yet, but just finished 'Girl Interrupted' by Susanna Kaysen - I recommend!(less)

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i was reading some reviews of the book written by people that disliked this.

i just want to say, that for a person suffering from mental illness, the fact that you know jamieson's full CV and her academic struggles is important. it's more of a - look, she was wildly successful, and dealing with this illness, and she finally came to terms with it, and now she's okay - and still wildly successful.

i also want to say how brave it was for her to write this under her own name. it does a lot to
Huda Yahya

الإكتئاب- بطريقةٍ ما، متسقٌ كثيرًا مع أفكار المجتمع عن المرأة

تستطيع أن تتحدث بقدر ما تريد عن هذه المرأة
عن صمودها وقوتها وشجاعتها وجرأتها

ولكن أتعرف ما هي الكلمة الوحيدة العالقة بذهني كلما صادفت هذه السيرة أمامي

هذه قصة دلالتها الأولى أنك بالحب الكافي ممن حولك
بدعمهم إياك وإيمانهم بك
يمكنك تحدي المستحيل
والوقوف مجددا على قدميك
مهما كنت قد مررت بصعاب ومحن
وحتى إن كانت بقايا مرض لعين تنهش في خلايا عقلك
والحنان فقط يمكننا هزيمة أقسى التجارب

رأيت ..تعابير الألم الرهيب في عيون النساء
Aug 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
“I am tired of hiding, tired of misspent and knotted energies, tired of the hypocrisy, and tired of acting as though I have something to hide.”
An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness is an honest and profoundly dramatic memoir that reveals the challenges and sufferings faced by people that suffer from bipolar disorder. Kay Redfield Jamison herself endured the dangerous highs of euphoria mixed with the lows of depression. Her professional success as a clinical psychologist coupled with
May 03, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: recently dxed bookish types
A lot of people seem to have a negative reaction to this book, which I totally get. I didn't find Jamison a particularly likable person, and this wasn't great literature, though it did go down fast and smooth.

Be that as it may, I've strongly recommended An Unquiet Mind several times, and I can't judge it by the normal standards that I apply to most books. I see An Unquiet Mind as performing a specific and vital function, at which I think it succeeds extremely well: that is, Jamison's memoir does
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘I worked on a locked ward at the time, and I didn’t relish the idea of not having the key.’

The author suffers from manic depressive illness (who chooses this coin of phrase as opposed to bipolar disorder, and I tend to agree with her). She is a brilliant mind, an academic and health care professional and absolute authority on this subject; she lives and breathes the disease but is able to treat her patients with complete and utter understanding and of course, empathy. This is Kay’s memoir,
Feb 02, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction, kindle
Just ran across this review of "An Unquiet Mind" that I wrote a couple of years ago (January 2009). As I go back through blog posts, Twitter feeds, book reviews, etc., it amazes me how difficult a time *I* was having... and how I was paying NO attention to that whatsoever. It was all about someone else. And really, in this book, that's how Jamison seems to think it should be.

I just had the opportunity to re-read this book when it was offered on the Kindle, and I was surprised. I seemed to
Nov 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

قبل البدء: اقرأ الكتاب ولا تسقط الأعراض على نفسك، فتتوهم- كما يفعل البعض- إصابتك بالمرض!!


اختارت كاي ردفيلد جاميسون أن تكتب...وتخترق حجب الصمت، وتعلن على الملأ ما يحاول الكثيرون إخفاءه..خوفا من نظرة المجتمع وأرباب العمل والعائلة...ولكن كاي أرادت لمعاناتها بعدا آخر بأن تكون تلك التجربة ذات نفع لمن هم في مثل حالتها

تحكي كاي قصتها بكل الجرأة والشجاعة والصدق...عن إصابتها بــ (ذهان الهوس الاكتئابي) أو (الاضطراب الوجداني ثنائي القطبين)، وتخضع لعلاج نفسي، وكاي ليست إنسانة عادية لأنها تروي رحلتها مع مرض
rachel  misfiticus
Mar 09, 2011 rated it it was ok
So far... about half way done...

1 star for her vanity and pretension

5 stars because of the taxidermic fox

3 stars being a calculated average


Perhaps I have been corrupted by the reviews I read before finishing this book; however, I am still trying to wash Kay Redfield Jamison’s self-haughtiness out of my mind. I think that the first chapter and the last chapter are the only ones with any weight. Chapter one is about Jamison’s childhood and more specifically, her manic father. The second
Jul 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
لا تستطيع أن تنأى بنفسك بعيداً عن نفسك وأنت تقرأ هذا الكتاب البديع..

تشعر لوهلة أنك ضعت في متاهات نفس إنسانية شديدة التعقيد..

الكاتبة طبيبة نفسية مشهورة ومريضة نفسية مصابة بذهان الهوس الإكتئابي وكاتبة ومولعة بكل فنون الأدب والموسيقى...

أي مزيج غريب سينشأ عن عقل كهذا، تتجول في متاهاته..تعرف كيف كان يشعر وبماذا يفكر..

وتظن أنها في لمحات خاطفة قد تحدثت عنك وعن نفسك المخبوءة في أعمق نقطة..

حكت الكاتبة معاناتها..طفولتها التي تبدو معقولة ومتميزة..متى وكيف بدأ مرضها..أيام هوسها ثم ظلمات اكتئابها..

حكت كيف
mai ahmd

هذه النوعية من الكتب تأتي أهميتها لأنها تعبر عن كثيرين فهي لسانهم الذي لا يحكي لسانهم العاجز عن التعبير ويدهم المشلولةعن الكتابة ككتاب قدمي اليسرى للرسام كريستي براون ، هذه المشاعر والصراعات والمعاناة التي لا يدري عنها الإنسان الطبيعي أو الصحيح الجسم والخالي من العلل
حقيقة أشعر بكثير من الإمتنان لهذه الجرأة والقدرة على إيصال هذه الرسالة لكاي ولكريستي من قبلها .. لم تؤثر بي هذه الكتب فقط ولكن غيرت بي أشياء كما أحسب

كانت كاي محظوظة نوعا ما لكونها محاطة بالأطباء النفسيين فكلما جاءتها النوبة تلقفتها
Oct 03, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those trying to understand manic depression, autobiography enthusiasts, glamorizers of insanity
An autobiography of a brilliant woman who suffered from manic depression (she resists the more watered down label "bipolar" because she thinks it hides the essential nature of the disease.) She made it through a PhD in psychology and became one of the foremost authorities in her field before finally getting the consistent treatment she needed. Just seeing how she was able to achieve such professional success while privately dealing with such hellish, frightening moments of near insanity is ...more
May 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alanoud by: حمد العيسى
Shelves: non-fiction
عقل غير هادئ هو عنوان لكتاب بالفعل "غير هادئ" و كاتبة غير هادئة !...

الدكتورة والاكاديمية المتخصصة في علم النفس –كاي جاميسون- تحكي في صفحات كتابها عن قصة صراعها مع ما يسمى بذهان الهوس الاكتئابي . ذلك المرض "العضوي" النفسي المؤدي الى حالات متفاوته ما بين اقصى موجات الهوس (الحماسة والنشاط المفرطة الناتجة عن خلل في الدماغ) و موجات قصوى تتبعها من الاكتئاب الشديد المؤدي عادة الى الانتحار . من خلال هذا التعريف البسيط للمرض ، قد يصبح من الممكن تصور الحالة او الحياة -ان صح التعبير- التي يعيشها كل من
This was overrated. I learned very little about what it's like to actually have manic-depression; Dr. Jamison preferred to write about her love life and her visits to England. She glossed over her suicide attempt and the only description of hospitalization is that of one of her patients. Also, the memoir skips back and forth in time and it's irritating. There are better books out there.
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sama by: د. إبراهيم حسن الخضير
Shelves: أملكها
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ولأني أصبت في فترة سابقة باكتئاب استمر معي لسنوات أدراك هذا الوصف جيداً، أفهمه وأستشعره بل وصفته بشكل أفضل في خاتمتها أيضاً "ليس ثمة شيء جيد يمكن أن يقال عنه سوى أنه يعطيك خبرة عن كيفية أن تكون عجــوزاً.. عجــوزاً ومريـضاً، ومشرفاً على الموت، وبطيء التفكير ونكداً. كما أنه لا يمنحك القدرة على الإيمان في مستقبل الحياة.."
ومع ذلك لن أدرك كغيري معاناتها.. لا أحد يفهم ما لم يعاني منه
Jan 01, 2008 rated it liked it
I'm still not quite sure what I think of this book. It was recommended to me by a therapist thinking I would be interested as someone with bipolar disorder. Due to the source of the suggestion and the author of the book, an expert on and individual with bipolar disorder, I expected some practical insight into living with this disease. What I found was much different.

This book is labeled a memoir, and the writing style and content certainly fit the label. Unfortunately, the author seemed to try
Aug 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people with bipolar disorder
just re-read this for class. maybe i'll post a a review later. for now, though, i raised my four-star rating to five. the ways in which KRJ thinks about mental illness are not always congenial with mine, but this is a brave, beautifully written, and still very powerful book, many such memoirs later.

REVIEW 3/12/11

i'm not going to research this, but i think this was one of the first candid memoirs of mental disorder coming from someone famous/mainstream in the US and published by a major
Julie Ehlers
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
I read An Unquiet Mind because I wanted to learn more about bipolar disorder. I remember all the attention this book received when it first came out, and it was recommended to me by more than one person, so I was somewhat baffled by how little I enjoyed reading it. Don't get me wrong--I wasn't expecting a memoir about bipolar disorder to be some kind of party. But I think I may have read too many beautiful memoirs by poets and novelists to be particularly impressed by the workmanlike writing in ...more
Asmaa Essam
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
من أفضل كتب السير الذاتية التي قرأتها
تكتب دكتورة "كاي ردفيلد جاميسون" وهي طبيبة نفسية عانت من ذهان الهوس الإكتئابي -كما تحب أن تسميه الكاتبة- أو
bipolar disorder كما هو متعارف عليه الآن
وهو التأرجح ما بين قطبين الإكتئاب الشديد والهوس الشديد بلا قدرة للمريض على السيطرة على هذه الأمزجة الحادة
أعجبتني شجاعتها في الحكي رغم حساسية منصبها واحتمالات تعرضها للأذى في عملها
لكنها برغم كل شيء حكت .. وحكت من أعماقها عن سنوات عذابها مع المرض والعلاج والعلاقات التي مرت بها في حياتها بذلك التوقيت لمدة 30 عاماً!!
{الوعي يُقدر الجانب المظلم لكل شئ مضئ و الجانب المضئ تقريبا لكل شئ كالح او كئيب }

هذه السيرة الذاتية من أهم م قرأت في شرح معاناة مريض ثنائي القطب bipolaire.
بكيت و تأثرت في عدة مواقف : تلك التي كانت عاجزة فيها عن القراءة
و سعدت لاجلها حين وجدت ترياقها >> الحب

اعتقد ان اجمل خلاصة لهذا الكتاب هي م قالته :

{في كل مرة أتذكر ذلك الموقف أدرك اهمية الحنان مهما كان صغيرا في هذه الحياة }

لولا العلاج و الاحتواء العائلة لبقيت عاجزة .
ليس سيرة ذاتية طيبية بل انسانية ايضا جعلتني اواجه نفسي و ردود فعلي مع
سمر محمد

"ياعزيزي كلنا مرضى نفسيّون" بدرجات متفاوتة

في هذا الكتاب قامت الطبيبة وعالمة النفس الأمريكية كاي ردفيلد جاميسون يتقديم سيرتها الذاتية و معاناتها مع المرض النفسي
وعلى الرغم من أنني غالباً لا اصدق "السيّر الذاتية" بشكل كامل ولكنها أجبرتني على تصديقها
فتلك المعاناة والوصف والاحاسيس التي وصلتنا من خلال كلماتها صادقة بشكل مؤلم
صادقة وجريئة، فلا يملك الكثير منا تلك الجراءة للتحدث عن معاناته مهما كان نوعها
فما بالك ان تكون الطبيبة هي المريضة !

اعتقد أن الحظ كان حليفها بشكل كبير، فعلى الرغم من أنها أخبرت
Ibrahim Jabarin إبراهيم جبارين

بِحقّ، هذهِ السيرة مُلهِمَة
النجمَة الناقِصَة هيَ لأنّني أكرَهُ توصيف الحبّ بأنهُ العلاقَة المتمثّلة بين ذكَرٍ وأنثى
وهو ما عنَتْهُ الدكتورة كآي عندما قالَت: الحبّ كعاملٍ مؤازر، الحبّ كعنصرٍ مجدد، والحبّ كأداةِ حماية

بعيداً عن الكتاب قليلاً

أتسائل بيني وبين عقلي، ترى لماذا نحنُ العرب لا نؤمِنُ بالطبّ النفسي؟
أينما نذهب، نرى المضطربين عقليّاً، في المدرسة، درّسني معلّمٌ مادةَ الجغرافيا
كان تأتيهِ نوباتٌ مزاجيّة، تجعله بعض الأحيان يتخيّل أننا سببنا عليه، فيهيل علينا كلّنا، الـ47 طالب في الصفّ، أكواماً من
Lisa Vegan
Aug 30, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who's interested in human psychology, who enjoys autobiography
I really enjoyed this book. It’s incredibly well written. The author: She’s truly brilliant. She comes across as completely honest and she allows herself to be vulnerable in the telling of her story, which makes her exceedingly likeable. Kay Redfield Jamison is a psychiatrist, an authority on bipolar disorder, and suffers from the condition herself. And she’s written a terrific book about bipolar disorder and her life experience. And no, I’m not using too much hyperbole!
Aug 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone trying to deny they have this condition even after a positive diagnosis.
Shelves: psychology
Think of this book as an autobiography and you can't go wrong. Kay Redfield Jamison hardly needs an introduction here; her life and work stand for themselves. She literally 'wrote the book' on bipolar disorder with co-author Fred Goodwin, M.D. called, simply enough, "Manic-Depressive Illness."
So this book, "An Unquiet Mind," is not a clinical study of bipolar disorder. It is a deep and personal inside look at what it's like to live with manic depression from the unique viewpoint of a brilliant
Beautifully written memoir, published in 1995, of a wildly intelligent and successful John Hopkins psychologist who has bipolar disorder.

I took two things away from it:
One- so much has been learned about the disorder since 1995.
Two – I feel like I understand my mother’s illness better after reading this, but not my son’s.

I understand my manic depressive mother better since I didn’t realize that lithium wasn’t approved for general use until the early 1970’s. That explains so much about my
فقيرة  لربها
عقل غير هادئ
لم أكمل هذا الكتاب لكن قد يكون
عنوان مؤلم بالنسبة للكثير
ربما لم يجرب أغلبنا ولا يعلم ما معنى عقل غير هادئ
الهدوء يعني السكينة والاطمئنان و السكون واضافة غير يعني العكس تماما
وعندنا قد يتهم صاحب هذا العقل بنقص الإيمان أو الجنون كمصطلح وليس كحالة -لأن ذلك أرحم - وقد يكون حاله سبب للاستهزاء والضحك و مطية لتعليق كل اتهامات الاستهتار
قد يحكم على كل شخص تغيرت حالته الاجتماعية أو الدراسية أو غيرها بشتى الاتهامات لتصل الى اتهامه بالانحراف والكفر حتى لدينا... ولم لا لأن مجتمعنا ما شاء الله
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful book by a beautiful mind. I have had people with bipolar disorder in my life, and I believe that I understand their joys and sorrows a bit better after reading An Unquiet Mind.

Jamison has apparently been very diligent about making sure her co-workers know about her manic-depression, so that her patients always come first, but as a professor at Johns Hopkins Hospital, it was still very courageous of her to come out about her struggles. An Unquiet Mind is also notable for the poetry
Muhammed Hebala
Jan 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
من أجمل و أصدق ما قرأت ، كتاب في قمة الجمال و الروعة.
تصف الكاتبة معاناتها الشديدة و الطويلة مع مرض من أصعب الأمراض النفسية التي من الممكن أن يعاني منها المرء

أثناء رحلتنا معها في هذا الكتاب نحس و نشعر بكل كلمة صادقة من كلماته ، و نشعر كأننا نحن من عانينا نوبات الهياج و الاكتئاب.

تصف الكاتبة مشاعرها و مساوئها و معاناتها و قلقها و اضطرابها بكل صدق و أمانة و تفصيل.

و تصف دور طبيبها و أصدقائها و زوجها و حبيبها في مساعدتها على الفرار من نير النوبات المتتالية التي أصابتها.

كما تصف بكل الحزن و الأسى ما
In her bold autobiography An Unquiet Mind, Kay Redfield Jamison details her struggle with bipolar disorder in the midst of her career as a clinical psychologist. First published in 1994, this book highlights Jamison's bravery: with such a prestigious academic position and a CV full of work related to manic-depressive disorder, she risked her reputation and her ethos by writing this wonderful, heart-wrenching volume.

The Chinese believe that before you can conquer a beast you first must make it
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"There's no easy way to tell other people you have a manic-depressive illness; if there is, I haven't found it...I am tired of hiding, tired of misspent and knotted energies, tired of the hypocrisy, and tired of acting as though I have something to hide."

Me too, Kay. Me too.

"There is a particular kind of pain, elation, loneliness, and terror involved in this kind of madness. When you're high it's tremendous. The ideas and feelings are fast and frequent like shooting stars, and you follow them
Otis Chandler
Feb 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Otis by: Dana
Highly recommended if you are curious about Manic-depressive disease. A fascinating and even very well written insight from a woman who is both a Psychiatrist who treats it and suffers from it. She was very brave and very poetic in writing this book.
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Kay Redfield Jamison (born June 22, 1946) is an American clinical psychologist and writer who is one of the foremost experts on bipolar disorder. She is Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and is an Honorary Professor of English at the University of St Andrews.
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